Raja Almarzoqi is Associate Professor of Economics, Institute of Diplomatic Studies, Riyadh.

o             President, Gulf Monetary Council, Saudi Arabia, 10.2015 – 03.2018

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Headed organization created by GCC’s countries Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and Bahrain to establish a common currency and a Gulf Central Bank

Within two years, changed the administrative foundation of this monetary union initiative, mandated by Gulf region countries, into a strategy-driven team of economic and monetary experts supported by international agencies (IMF, World Bank, etc.) and government thought leaders

o             Senior Management, (Title: Advisor), International Monetary Fund (IMF), U.S., 02.2012 – 09.2015

As team executive (Mission Chief), advised government leaders in Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan on building macro-economic frameworks, and led efforts to reform monetary and fiscal policies


o             Chief Economist, Alkhabeer Capital, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, 01.2011 – 01.2012

Built research capability in economics for this major investment bank in Saudi Arabia.  Analyzed local, regional, and global economies to recommend short- and long-term implications, and represented the company in public and private meetings

o             President, Asian Studies Center at the Institute of Diplomatic Studies, 05.2008 – 05.2010

Analyzed for this think tank the impact of global and Asian issues on the Saudi economy to strengthen the relationship between Asia and Saudi Arabia

o             Chairman, Monetary Union Unit for the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, 01.2005 – 03.2008

Led this research unit, established by Governors of GCC Central Banks, in the early stage of exploring and defining the best way to establish the monetary union for GCC’s countries, as

o             General Director, Department of Planning and Development, Institute of Diplomatic Studies, 11.2003 – 11.2004

Designed five-year strategic plan for this high-level training organization that prepared authorities for international assignments

o             General Director, Department of Economics and Research, Ministry of Planning and Economic, 06.2001 – 06.2002

Prepared the country five years development plan, analyzed the economy, review the implementation of the previous plan, and improved the models work.  


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